Are you looking for the best small propane grill? We tried many small grills from different brands and found only a couple of them that are efficient and are the value of money.
Here are the top ten products based on our experience for your better decision.
Best Small Propane Grill (Top 10 Picks)
Pit Boss Grill 75275
276 square inches
23 x 19.5 x 16 inches
Char-Broil 463673519 Performance Series
30 square inches
24.5 x 42.9 x 44 inches
Coleman Road-trip 285
285 square inches
30.25 x 19.19 x 16.13 inches
145 square inches
12.2 x 18 x 12 inches
Char-Broil Classic 360
280 square inches
24.1 x 51.2 x 43.5 inches
Weber 50060001 Q1000
189 square inches
16.5 x 27 x 14.5 inches
Coleman Gas Grill
300 square inches
17.24 x 27.36 x 12.08 inches
Weber 51040001 Q1200
89 square inches
24.6 x 20.5 x 40.9 inches
146 square inches
18.6 x 17.6 x 11.8 inches
1. Masterbuilt SH19030819 Propane Tabletop Grill
Masterbuilt is a name famous in the grill market. They have been around for a long time, and that speaks for their credibility:
- Material is stainless steel
- Dimensions are 17.24 x 27.36 x 2.08 inches
- Weighs 17.8 pounds
- U-shaped burner for heat distribution
- The lid has a lock
- Folding legs
- Push-button ignition
At 10000 btu, this propane grill is one of the best for a quick grilling session! When I used it at a campsite, it had a faster warm-up and significantly shorter cooking times, and that’s what you primarily need on a trip. Steaks were ready to serve in no time.
Also, the handle for the grill is large enough to make carrying it for long distances comfortable. Even weight-wise, I didn’t feel much burden when I took it for a hike with my family. The journey was smooth.
What stood out for me was that after I initially faced some issue with the burner, I contacted customer service, and they delivered me a new propane grill within three days! There was no hassle, asking for detailed proofs and so on.
However, the handle is a bit difficult to install, and you have to be careful about placing the screws in the right place, or it will stay loose.
2. Char-Broil Portable 240 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- Black in color
- Weighs 21.3 pounds
- Stainless steel
- 240 square inch cooking area
- Used with 1lb propane tanks
- Porcelain body
- Lid-mounted temperature gauge
I have used it for over three years for grilling different food items, and I realized that it is excellent for hamburgers, hotdogs, and small pieces of meat. It only took me 15-20 minutes to grill these, and they turned out to be perfect.
The assembly part was not too hard; I am not good with putting together components, and I was pleasantly surprised when I assembled it without help and in a short period. Manual was a great help.
The best thing was that this propane grill gets very hot; in cold temperatures, it gets chilly outdoors, so grill reaching 500-625 degrees (with the lid closed) means that you will cook the steaks generously and quickly relatively.
One problem that I faced was that their post-delivery service was not up to the mark; I contacted them as I encountered some confusion in running it, and the support was not very helpful.
3. Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber’s grills have had great reviews over the years, be it small or big ones. Let’s look at the characteristics of this propane grill, its recent produce:
- Made up of cast iron, aluminum
- Available in 6 different colors
- Weighs 1 pound
- 189 square inch cooking area
- 8500 BTU
- Uses 14.1 or 16.4 oz LP cylinder
- Electronic ignition
- Infinite valve settings
- Nylon frame
I liked how this propane grill had a convenient and inexpensive grease system that used disposable aluminum trays that slid in place under the grill. This feature improved my grilling experienced significantly.
The thermometer in the lid also made grilling more convenient; I didn’t have to check up my steaks if they were done manually; I could quickly tell by the propane grill’s temperature. The 5-year warranty was a plus too.
The size of the cooking area suited me well; there was enough space for my husband and me to cook together; he grilled the veggies, and I did the steaks. The room is enough to grill four steaks at a time, so less time standing!
Also, the grate sticks are non-stick, making them easier for me to clean later. The grill was sturdy, and the side tables had space larger than I had expected, which I used to keep the utensils.
One minor issue was that it didn’t heat up nicely at higher altitudes; I expected it to cook in less time, but it worked well at lower altitudes.
4. Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Propane Gas Grill
- Material is alloy steel
- Available in 3 colors
- Item weighs 1kg
- 145 square inch grilling area
- 5500 BTU
- Porcelain-enameled grate
- Integrated lid lock
It is small and weighs so little meant that I’ll use it twenty times more. I would not think twice before inviting friends over for a quick hamburger party. The grill has space for eight hamburger patties at once, not bad for a small grill.
The propane grill does not only work well but looks nice too! My friends found it to fit well with my outdoor furniture, and it matches the overall aesthetic of my lawn. I got myself the black one.
Also, there is no assembly as such, so that is a plus! I took it out of the box, and straight-up started using it in no time. You have to connect it to gas. One-click and it fires right up, and you can start to grill after it heats up.
One problem I faced was that the burners did not light evenly after some time, which meant that I had to be extra careful while grilling.
5. Megamaster 820-0065C Propane Gas Grill
Megamaster has produced multiple gas grills, but this is the one we like best. Following are some of the features of the product, along with its pros and cons:
- Weighs 14.2 pounds
- Available in red-black color
- Stainless steel
- Heat-resistant coating finish
- 11000 BTU
- 360 square inch cooking area
- Requires assembly
I found the price reasonable; it is a pretty good deal for a grill of this size. At this price, either you get a propane grill with a BTU of 6000 or below, or you get one that has a smaller cooking area.
As someone who got used to the charcoal grill and got comfortable with those, I did not expect to shift to gas grills. This company made me do it; it is easy to transport for miles and gets folded into a small package with three handles.
Also, it is compatible with the 1lb propane tank, the most readily available gas tank out there. This feature meant that I did not have to get into the trouble of finding cylinders or tanks that sit well with this propane grill.
However, you should note that it comes 100% disassembled, so you would have to spend some time to put it together before you can start using it.
6. Huntington 24025 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
- Weighs 38.5 pounds
- Material is aluminum and porcelain
- Weather-resistant shelves
- It comes with a panel
- Wire cooking grids
- Heat-resistant handle
- Push-button ignition system
Despite its tiny appearance, it heats up fast and can quickly cook up food for 4-6 people, perfect for a small couples’ gathering. Having owned it for a couple of months now, I can tell you that it gets the job done well.
Although it comes fully disassembled, it only took me about an hour to put it together, maybe even less. The instructions are a pictorial guide, but I suggest you watch the assembling video on YouTube; it will be of great help.
For a grill as sturdy as this, the price is reasonable. After using this propane grill, I was so impressed that I bought another one for my sister, and both are excellent. The steaks grill is so good!
One issue is that I have to ignite it manually most of the time. The electronic button does not work. However, it wasn’t much of a problem with me, but I had to point it out.
7. Coleman Gas Grill
Coleman is a compact grill with outstanding reviews. Following are some of the features of the product:
- Blended material
- Available in red and black color
- Weighs 25.59 pounds
- Cooking power is 11000 BTU
- 225 square inch cooking area
- Two adjustable burners
- Suitable with 16.4oz propane cylinder
- 3-year warranty
The propane grill design is such that it makes it easy to store when not in use. Since we use this grill at home, I found the heat rather perfect; the steaks grilled so well.
I want to tell you that although the grill uses a 1lb cylinder, you would need an adapter if you wanted to hook it up with your 20lb or larger tank of gas.
Also, it was a breeze to clean it, which is hardly the case with most of the grills! You have to put water in the drip pan, which covers fundamental elements inside, and then you can lift it right out and dump. It just wipes clean.
Since the propane grill is cast iron with enamel, one must use a wooden spatula instead of metal spatulas or tongs.
However, keep in mind that the two-zone temperature control is not one-sided the way it should be but rather an inner and outer burner.
8. MASTER COOK 3 Burner BBQ Propane Gas Grill
- Black in color
- Made up of stainless steel
- Cooking power is 30000 BTU
- Three burners
- Electric ignition
- It comes with foldable tables and wheel casters
- 339 square inch cooking area
- Wire cooking grates
As I mentioned above, the grill has a cooking power of 30k BTU, which, to be honest, is impressive. When I was grilling hotdogs, they heated up quickly and maintained their temperature.
Also, I was pleased to find out that smaller grills have a lesser carbon footprint. Keeping the environment clean is a cause close to my heart, and thus, reduced propane usage would mitigate global warming.
As someone who isn’t the most mechanically inclined, I managed to assemble it myself in an hour! The screws were already in place, and it came partially made. I just had to join the pieces.
At the same time, note that the quality of the hood is not excellent, so if the temperature rises too much, it might start to melt a bit.
9. Pit Boss 75275 Portable Grill
Pit Boss is a relatively new brand in the market, and thus I was skeptical about its quality but was pleasantly surprised. Below are some of its features mentioned:
- Weighs 27 pounds
- 10000 BTU cooking power
- Latching hood
- Push ignition
The stainless grade is what stood out for me; it was solid and durable. I have been using this grill for over a year now, and the grate did not get rusty or black but rather still grills the same, if not better.
I, for one, bought an adapter to run 1lb tanks, which is perfect for tailgating and will save your Sunday BBQ if you run out of propane in your big tank and get a couple 1lb tanks lying around.
Also, the latches on either side of the grill lock the lid shut and holds the grill grate in place. Thus, it is highly suitable for transportation, be it to the beach house or the mountains!
A con is that the bottom of the grill will collect grease. What I do is that I lay down the foil and periodically change it to keep it clean.
10. Flame King Motorhome Gas Grill
- Silver in color
- No assembly required
- It comes with a bracket to mount it to RV
- 12000 BTU cooking power
- 214 square inches grilling area
- Hanging rack suitable for legs
The biggest plus of this propane grill was that it gets attached to your RV rather perfectly; my camper already had a swing-out mounting bracket on the rear bumper. I drilled through the bracket and put a bolt and nut through them to leave the BBQ bracket mounted while driving. I only have to detach the grill and put it away.
The two mounting options added convenience to the usage, at least for me. On my camping trip, where space was limited and the ground was not flat, mounting it to RV helped. Otherwise, on my lawn, I always make it stand.
One flaw that I noticed was that the burner was at an angle inside the housing, which would affect the cooking. The good thing is you can reposition the burner.
Factors to Consider before Buying:
- Grilling area: the type of grill you should get depends on where you’ll keep the grill. If it’s at your home, you should buy the one with legs and wheels so you can move it around. If you use this propane grill for camping, the focus will be on the grill being light and compact.
- Build quality: Cast iron is the best kind of material, and so is stainless steel. They might cost a bit more so if you are okay with that, pick these.
- Brand: some brands are more known for grills than others, so if you are a safe player, go for the available brands, which might be relatively expensive. However, if you don’t mind trying out new things, you might end up buying something better at a lower price, but there is a risk involved.
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